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New UN human rights envoy ends first Myanmar mission

YANGON, July 26 (Xinhua) -- United Nations special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in Myanmar, Prof. Yanghee Lee, left here Saturday night as she wrapped up her 10-day first official mission to Myanmar.

Myanmar is undergoing an important transition and the sweeping and far-reaching reforms in recent years have dramatically transformed the political, economic, social and human rights landscape, Prof. Lee told a press conference held here before her departure.

Myanmar has come a long way since the establishment of the new government in 2011, she said.

She said there are worrying signs of possible backtracking which if unchecked could undermine Myanmar's efforts to become a responsible member of the international community that respects and protects human rights.

She was encouraged by the priority attention given to education and health, Lee said, while noting that despite the significant increase, public spending in these areas is still a small portion of the total national budget.

Lee arrived in Myanmar on July 17 and visited Rakhine and Kachin states as well as the Mandalay Region.

She met with government officials, parliament members and representatives from the civil society and had a meeting with Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi.

It was the first visit of Lee to the country since she took the post last month.

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